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Really? Is this what they need right now?
One of the producers on Farrah Fawcett's cancer documentary, Farrah's Story, is suing the actress, Ryan O'Neal, and good friend Alana Stewart -- claiming that all three physically threatened and "otherwise blocked him from any role in the documentary" -- a project which he says he worked on for the past two years.
Craig Nevius says his production company, Sweetened By Risk, signed contracts in 2004 to produce Chasing Farrah, a reality show about Farrah's life, and in 2008, they decided to turn her home movies into another documentary project tentatively titled A Wing and a Prayer.
According to the lawsuit, Craig says he was contacted in September 2008 by Ryan, who "demanded" Craig release control of the project. "When Nevius respectfully declined, O'Neal physically threatened him," the suit reads.
Craig goes on to claim that the deal with NBC to show Farrah's documentary was done behind his back and that he was forced out of the actress' life. He is seeking unspecified punitive damages.
"This is not about money, this is not about ego, this is not about anything but Farrah," Craig told E! News. "I was entrusted with overseeing this very personal project. I am not only a colleague of her, but a friend."
"I want Farrah's vision to be seen and her voice to be heard," he added. "I regret the timing of this, but not to act is acceptance. I did everything I possibly could to avoid this, including saying, 'Look, give me five minutes in a room with Farrah telling me this is what she wants, I'm gone.'"
A rep for Farrah & Co. countered, "We are shocked by these allegations. Here's a woman who everyone knows has been ill...to do something like this is horrific."